Nick Kyrgios has once again taken to social media to hit back at perceived criticism after sensationally pulling out of the United Cup on the eve of the tournament.
The 27-year-old Canberra brandon was expected to lead the Australian team in the new mixed event, which will be held in three different cities from Thursday.
But as the media gathered on Wednesday to interview players from all 18 teams, organizers announced that Kyrgios had pulled out of the tournament, citing the need to recover from injuries he suffered while competing in Dubai at the start. of the month.
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Greek superstar and longtime Kyrgios rival Stefanos Tsitsipas snidely criticized the Australian over his withdrawal, while Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley came to the player’s defense over the decision not to represent his country.
And on Thursday, true to form, Kyrgios took to Twitter to respond to any criticism that came his way.
“Haha so after all this, all the media, journalism saying how bad I am for the sport, disrespectful of the game (and) just a pure villain, I’m going to be the number one episode on Netflix…to expand our fanbase, basically trying to put tennis back on the map,” he tweeted.
“And basically putting more money in the pockets of everyone involved in tennis, you all look really ridiculous now your excuses should be as strong as your disrespect.”
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The first episode of Netflix’s new tennis documentary ‘Break Point’ will cover Kyrgios at the 2022 Australian Open, including him and Thanasi Kokkinakis taking the win in the men’s doubles draw.
The series is similar to Formula 1’s hugely popular ‘Drive To Survive’, which has seen the sport explode in popularity since it debuted on Netflix in 2018.
One of the most common criticisms of Kyrgios – especially from some of tennis’ more traditional fans – is that his on-court antics aren’t good for the game’s image.
But if “Break Point” can be as successful as “Drive To Survive,” those antics will no doubt be a big reason. behind that.
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